Book Review: God is a Gamer

Welcome to the world of Internet. Bitcoins, shady websites, illegit trading,  Phishing attacks all packed together in a single book by Ravi Subramanian :  “God is a Gamer”. The book takes you from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, from the beaches of Goa to boardrooms of Mumbai. Ravi has done quite a bit of research while writing this book – explaining the technicalities of bitcoins (a digital currency) and online gaming with its increased exposure courtesy social networking sites like “Facebook”.

All the characters of the book Aditya, Varun, Tanya, Swami, Malvika, Sundeep are deeply woven and very well developed as the book progresses. This is the first time in Indian fiction industry that someone has exploited a subject like Bitcoin and has given it the outlook of a thriller. The author has chosen simple language in the similar pattern as other Indian Fiction Novelists, and the reader at times feel the need for better choice of words for a clear imagery.

The story starts with two big shots Vijay Banga, President of Mastercard International and Joseph Saunders, the CEO of Visa International discussing business and the amendments , profits and the losses, followed by the mysterious murder of Gillian Tan with a series of events happening all accross New York, Mumbai and Goa. Story roams around an international bank NYIB (New York International Bank) and its operations in India. It is when Swami comes to know of a phishing scam that’s compromising multiple accounts, her boss, Malvika offers him no help at all, and instead pushes the blame on Swami in front of the Singapore chief, he decides to move out of the bank and start his own organization eTIOS to handle banking operations as an outsourced agency. NYIB is the first bank to outsource them for their operations. Aditya and Sundeep are also engaged in running their gaming industry launching online games from time to time.

In the first read of the book itself, any person could easily make out the extent of research done by Ravi on Bitcoins, Gaming Industry, impact of phishing sites  and on banking domain.  Just like previous works of Ravi, several stories run across various geographies accentuating the thrill and intensity of the plot. The author has also been successful in pointing out the importance of  social media and smart phones in the modern world for networking and professional growth.

The font size that the author has used along with his way of presenting the story in forms of short chapters add to the crisp. The twists and turns of the plot make the climax a bit predictable and somewhat elaborate, with scenes often repeating themselves. This strategy of narrating the crime before the suspects make the book uninteresting towards the end. The climax, if had been more precise would have given it the feel that the reader expects from a thriller.

Thanks to BlogAdda and my association with its review program that I am able to read this modern thriller delivered at my home free of cost and would like to extend this opportunity to fellow bloggers to be a part of this unique initiative.

Summary:
Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publishers: Penguin
Pages: 309
Genre: Fiction
Price: 299/ –
Rating: 3/5 Stars

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